Maybe you want to spend some quality time in solitude — or you might want to take a journey where you can meet new friends along the way. Whatever your goal, options for the solo visitor abound in Alaska. Scroll down to explore the possibilities, or narrow the field using the options below.
I have used wood fires as my only household heat for the past 45 or 50 years. I can build you a fire in a hurry at home, but put me in the Alaska woods, with cold rain soaking everything, and it gets more challenging.
July 27, 2017
Koyukuk River Tribal Tours provides guests a short glimpse into life in rural Alaska and an Alaska Native community from those who live in the community.
July 7, 2017
This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere around Willow, the landscape changed. Greenery gave way to black. We were driving to Denali State Park for a […]
March 27, 2017
This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting what’s available leads to interesting spaces […]
This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Spenard Road has always attracted an off-kilter attitude to match its meandering path. In the city grid, Spenard stands out. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from ArtPlace America, the area has grown even more colorful. Just check out the Church of Love marquee for proof; […]
By Kirsten Swann One of the best things about Whittier is getting there in the first ricelace. Visitors arrive either by land, through a two-and-a-half mile tunnel beneath Maynard Mountain, or by sea, through striking Prince William Sound. Once there, your options depend almost entirely on the season. The town is small — home to […]
December 26, 2016
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. Food and memories go together like potatoes and pierogis. Inside jars of kimchi, grandfather used to hum songs. With freshly baked conchas dipped in coffee, auntie watched soap operas. That beautiful lady on the colorful packet of kare-kare seasoning speaks to you just like your […]
November 14, 2016
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. It’s the middle of a busy day on the job and the clock says it’s time for lunch, but what to eat: the box of crackers stashed in a filing cabinet or the microwaveable cup of instant noodles that has been in the breakroom […]
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. Every year during the first weekend of August, the small Kenai Peninsula town of Ninilchik experiences a strange phenomenon. Its fairgrounds and campsites are taken over as thousands of joyous festival-goers descend to strum banjos and chug kombucha. There is an incredible boost […]
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. The weather was perfect. Well, perfect for Alaskans: sunny, 68 degrees and very few mosquitoes. The 50 guests arriving in pairs at Wild Rose Highlands crested the hill and saw lush green grass, a long white table between the fenced garden and the […]
November 13, 2016